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The meaning of Lilibet Diana’s name

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child, they named her Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Her first name comes from the Queen, while her middle name was that of Princess Diana. Here is the meaning of his name.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana celebrated her first birthday in the UK by joining her parents on their journey for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On June 3, 2022, the couple made their first public appearance in the UK.

They had attended a service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral. They were also seen watching Trooping the Color from a window and were not part of the carriage procession or members of the Royal Family standing on the balcony.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

On June 4, 2022, Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, turned one, and to celebrate her birthday, they had a picnic in the garden at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

Their family friend and photographer Misan Harriman captured the moment and shared a photo of the birthday girl smiling for the camera as she sat on the grass.


Harry’s daughter’s full name is Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname, and it was originally used when Princess Elizabeth was very young and couldn’t pronounce her name correctly.

Her grandfather, King George V, called her “Lilibet”, mimicking her attempts to say “Elizabeth”. The term stuck and she became Lilibet for her family. The Duke of Edinburgh also referred to his wife by this name.

Harry’s daughter’s middle name, Diana, honors her late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who would have turned 60 on July 1, 2022, had she not died in 1997 in a car accident while Harry was only 12 years old.

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of fertility, childbirth, the hunt, and the moon, and it derives from an Indo-European root word meaning “divine.” The Mountbatten-Windsor surname was created in 1960 by uniting the surnames of the Queen and Prince Philip when they married.

Lili is currently untitled because her parents did not include one in her birth announcement. They didn’t have one for his brother, Archie, either. However, this appears to be a personal preference rather than a requirement of royal protocol.

Archie is technically entitled to the title Earl of Dumbarton, but his parents chose not to use it. According to Victoria Murphy, T&C editor and royal expert, children have the right to use titles because they are the children of a duke.

Lili is allowed to use the courtesy title Lady before her name, just like Archie is allowed to use Earl of Dumbarton. However, when Harry and Meghan announced their baby names to the world, they chose not to use those titles.


Lili also has an older brother whom her parents named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie means ‘bold’, ‘genuine’ or ‘brave’ – and is more common in Britain than in the US.

It was originally a shortened form of Archibald, but is now frequently used as a standalone name. Harrison is slightly more popular than Archie in the United States.

Although it remained more popular in the UK and was voted the 34th most popular boy’s name in 2017, and, rather appropriately, Harrison – originally used as a surname – means “son of Harry”.


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